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Oldies still are golden
By TIM BAINES -- Toronto Sun
 Believe it or not, before Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, wrestling not only survived, it thrived.

 While today's generation of wrestling fans is entertained by its beer-swilling, stink-facing, bra-dropping heroes, an entire generation of awesome wrestling talent is forgotten, clinging to life in old film and video archives.

 Thank the wrestling gods for Wrestling Gold, a compilation put together by Kit Parker Films and VCI Entertainment.

 This five-part collection reeks of awesomeness.

 Offered in both VHS and DVD formats, opt for the latter if you have the choice. Narrated by Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer and Jim Cornette, it's a must-have for fans of the squared circle.

 The collection features Bruiser Brody vs. Abdullah The Butcher, the masters of bloody mayhem; Randy (Macho Man) Savage teaming with his real-life brother Leaping Lanny Poffo to face the Rock & Roll Express; Pampero Firpo; The Road Warriors taking on Jerry (The King) Lawler and Austin Idol; and, naturally, the late, great Andre The Giant.

 Talk about a spin back in time, take in Bruno Sammartino and Dick The Bruiser facing Ernie (The Cat) Ladd and Baron Von Raschke; The Sheik vs. Tiger Jeet Singh in a cage match; The Ugandan Headhunter Kamala along with Terry Funk, Dory Funk Jr. and Harley Race. It's still a wild ride down memory lane.

 Sure we've grown to love the theatrics of RAW, but the forefathers of today's circus of stars are all too often forgotten. While it isn't quite as theatrical, it's certainly as entertaining and memorable.

  • The Rock may miss a few house shows next year while he reshoots some scenes for his upcoming movie The Scorpion King.

  • Shawn Michaels sat down with Vince McMahon to discuss his WWF future recently, according to the EWN Newsletter. The Heartbreak Kid was sent home from TV tapings in March and has had very little contact with officials since then. Michaels, 36, returned to WWF television for a taped edition of Excess.

  • Next week's RAW will be a three-hour celebration of the best matches of the past year.


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